NEW BREMEN – The Versailles football team moved to 3-1 on the season with a 45-6 win on Friday night at New Bremen.
The Tigers put up almost 400 yards of offense on the night. Collin Peters led the Tigers with three touchdowns. Versailles had four players score on the night. Corey Dieringer scored twice while Kyle Jones and Alex Wendel both scored on pass plays.
The Tigers wasted little time scoring. Dieringer scored both his touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game. He scored on the Tigers’ first possession on a 35-yard catch and followed it up with a 65-yard punt return. And just 5:18 into the game, the Tigers were in control and cruised the rest of the way.
New Bremen had a couple good possessions on the night. The Cardinals drove down the field on their second possession. With a first down at the Tiger 33, it looked as though the Cardinals might make it a game. Corey Dieringer squashed that hope by getting an interception and returning it to the 50-yard line.
The Tigers made it 20-0 on an 8-yard run by Peters just five seconds into the second quarter.
New Bremen was able to score on its next possession after returning the kick to the 50-yard line. The Cardinal quarterback found an open receiver for a 15-yard touchdown pass. The Cardinals would not threaten the rest of the night.
Peter scored on a 1-yard run with five minutes to go, and the Tigers missed the extra point, making it 26-6.
With a little over two minutes to go, Wendel caught a screen pass and went 62 yards for the score. Again the extra point was no good.
The Tigers led 32-6 at the half.
Peters capitalized on a Cardinal fumble in the third quarter, going 31 yards for a score.
With a 39-6 lead, a running clock was used.
The Tigers subbed in some backups and were still able to move the ball. With 8:58 left in the game, Cole Niekamp connected with Kyle Jones for a 53-yard touchdown. The extra point was missed, but the Tigers had a 45-6 lead.
Extra points were the only real negative for the night. The Tigers had three different kickers. In all four kicks were missed for the Tigers.
Some reserve players got to see valuable playing time.
“We told the kids to go out and have fun,” Versailles coach Adam Miller said. “It was definitely great the young guys experience under Friday night lights.”
Versailles will play host to the Minster Wildcats in a homecoming game for the Tigers on Friday. The Wildcats beat the Tigers twice last year on their way to winning the Division VI state title.